You don't find these sorts of people in your average bar." The agency's website says it offers an "exclusive, discreet introduction service to find perfect partners and soul mates for our discerning and affluent members." Membership costs between £10,000 ($16,000) and £60,000 ($100,000) each year – somewhat more than mainstream dating websites that typically charge members under £250 a year. According to a survey of Americans by dating website Match.com, the average singleton spends nearly $61.53 a month on dating related activities, or $738.36 each year. Tinder's on the way) With 111 million singles in the U. alone, this means the dating industry in North America alone is worth $82 billion.
But you won't find any profiles or pictures of potential partners on Berkeley International's site.
When an agency has enough profiles to start from, they launch a website, and offer the women's information to men.
The method of work will be whether selling addresses or membership, or combining both options.
Before 1991 the industry was largely unregulated and, while there is still no strict legislation to dictate who can set up in business, the ABIA – whose 35 or so members represent around 70 per cent of all agencies that have been trading for more than a year – has developed a code of practice and guidance for its members at the instigation of the OFT.